Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (Inside Technology) Andrew Feenberg

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Published: April 9th 2010

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Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (Inside Technology)  by  Andrew Feenberg

Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (Inside Technology) by Andrew Feenberg
April 9th 2010 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 284 pages | ISBN: | 3.80 Mb

The technologies, markets, and administrations of todays knowledge society are incrisis. We face recurring disasters in every domain: climate change, energy shortages, economicmeltdown. The system is broken, despite everything the technocrats claimMoreThe technologies, markets, and administrations of todays knowledge society are incrisis. We face recurring disasters in every domain: climate change, energy shortages, economicmeltdown.

The system is broken, despite everything the technocrats claim to know about science,technology, and economics. These problems are exacerbated by the fact that today powerfultechnologies have unforeseen effects that disrupt everyday life- the new masters of technology arenot restrained by the lessons of experience, and accelerate change to the point where society is inconstant turmoil.

In Between Reason and Experience, leading philosopher of technology AndrewFeenberg makes a case for the interdependence of reason--scientific knowledge, technicalrationality--and experience. Feenberg examines different aspects of the tangled relationship betweentechnology and society from the perspective of critical theory of technology, an approach he haspioneered over the past twenty years.

Feenberg points to two examples of democratic interventionsinto technology: the Internet (in which user initiative has influenced design) and the environmentalmovement (in which science coordinates with protest and policy). He examines methodologicalapplications of critical theory of technology to the case of the French Minitel computing networkand to the relationship between national culture and technology in Japan.

Finally, Feenbergconsiders the philosophies of technology of Heidegger, Habermas, Latour, and Marcuse. The gradualextension of democracy into the technical sphere, Feenberg argues, is one of the great politicaltransformations of our time.



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